Wednesday, November 26, 2014

OSINT NEWS- HAPPENINGS WITHIN THE U.S. SPY AGENCIES!

 
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THE TRUTH ABOUT IRAN-CONTRA AFFAIR

I donated $75 to the Freedom Fighters
     Just in from the Ass. Of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) Weekly Intelligence News (WIN)! Were you involved in the President Reagan era scandal called the "Iran-Contra Affair"? Did you ever wonder about what really happened during that ordeal? 
     You can find out much of the details on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 from 12:00pm- 7:00pm in Washington DC. A seminar entitled, "Iran-Contra: Reagan’s Scandal and the Unchecked Abuse of Presidential Power" will be presented by author Malcolm Byrne at the International Spy Museum.
     Through exhaustive use of declassified documents, previously unavailable investigative materials, and wide-ranging interviews, Malcolm Byrne will discuss what made the Iran-Contra scandal possible and meticulously relate how it unfolded—including clarifying minor myths about cakes, keys, bibles, diversion memos, and shredding parties.




     Byrne, the Deputy Director and Research Director at the National Security Archive, will demonstrate that the affair could not have occurred without awareness and approval at the top levels of the US government. He will also reveal an unmistakable pattern of dubious behavior—including potentially illegal conduct by the president, vice president, the secretaries of state and defense, the CIA director and others—that formed the true core of the scandal.
     The presentation is Free and no registration is required.  Visit the International Spy Museum Website to find out more.  
     The Iran–Contra affair was also known as Irangate, Contragate or the Iran-Contra scandal and occurred during the second term of the Reagan Administration. In a nutshell, senior administration officials secretly facilitated the sale of arms to Iran, despite an on-going arms embargo. It was hoped that the arms sales would secure the release of several hostages and allow U.S. intelligence agencies to fund the Nicaraguan Contras. Under the Boland Amendment, further funding of the Contras by the government had been prohibited by Congress.
     Quite frankly, I thought the Boland Amendment sucked and I illegally donated $75 of my hard-earned money to a cause supporting the Nicaraguan Contras...."freedom fighters" as I called them at the time.
     The Iran-Contra affair  began as an operation to free the seven American hostages being held in Lebanon by a group with Iranian ties connected to the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution. It was planned that Israel would ship weapons to Iran, and then the U.S. would resupply Israel and receive the Israeli payment. The Iranian recipients promised to do everything in their power to achieve the release of the U.S. hostages. The plan deteriorated into an arms-for-hostages scheme, in which members of the executive branch sold weapons to Iran in exchange for the release of the American hostages. Large modifications to the plan were devised by Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North of the National Security Council in late 1985, in which a portion of the proceeds from the weapon sales was diverted to fund anti-Sandinista and anti-communist rebels, or Contras, in Nicaragua.
     Lastly, here's the complete Final Report Of The Independent Counsel For Iran/Contra Matters report, dated August 4, 1993 in Washington, D.C. from the UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS for the District of Columbia Circuit.
 Robert Morton, M.Ed., Ed.S. is a member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) and publishes the online spy series "Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean". His views are his own and do not represent those of any agency he is a member of. We welcome comments and suggestions- contact OSINT News on the Secure Contact Form.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

THIS WEEK'S U.S. SPY AGENCY HAPPENINGS! (11/10/14)

**The Central Intelligence Agency launched a fascinating stream about how the Iran hostage rescue depicted in the film “Argo” really went down. The CIA stream focuses on the 35th anniversary of the start of the Iran hostage crisis. They held a day-long “real vs. reel” tweetstorm correcting some facts in the 2012 Academy Award-winning movie "Argo" and the specifics about how the CIA quietly rescued a handful of diplomats caught up in the crisis. Note: I met Tony Mendez in Cleveland Heights, Ohio at an AFIO chapter event and lunched with him for two hours. He spoke about operation "ARGO" before the movie was made. Here's an article about Mendez I wrote: "ARGO reveals a CIA Hero: Antonio Mendez."

**A classified CIA study of the practice of arming insurgencies around the world finds that the strategy rarely worked without direct support from Americans on the ground. According to the New York Times, this still-classified agency review of the practice was conducted during debate over arming rebels in Syria. It was one of the many CIA studies commissioned in 2012 and 2013 as the Obama administration considered how to counter Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces amid the nation’s civil war

** Retired Marine Corps intelligence officers Ben Connable, now at the RAND Corp., says "I'm not aware of any successful decapitation strike that resulted in the end of an insurgency." The Pentagon has been unable to confirm reports that the leader of the Islamic State was injured or killed this weekend, but his loss wouldn't necessarily spell the end of the organization.

**Shut down the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) to make America safer. It's a massive department that wastes taxpayer dollars and abuses civil liberties. Replaced the DHS with a small, focused and efficient set of federal security and intelligence agencies.

** The head of US naval intelligence has not been able to

view classified information for an entire year. US Navy VADM Ted Branch, the director of naval intelligence, had his security clearance suspended in November 2013 after being investigated for possible misconduct. In the year since, no charges have been filed and there is no sense of when they might be, leaving the Navy in an untenable situation.
 

**The recently formed Defense Clandestine Service (DCS), the elite in-house spying operation of the US Department of Defense (DOD), is training a large force of new military-intelligence agents to conduct covert operations around the world.

Robert Morton, M.Ed., Ed.S. is a member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) and publishes the online spy series "Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean". His views are his own and do not represent those of any agency he is a member of. We welcome comments and suggestions- contact OSINT News on the Secure Contact Form.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

THIS WEEK'S HAPPENINGS IN THE U.S. SPY AGENCIES! (11/01/14)

** CIA Torture Memos: CIA refuses to make torture report readable, it is reported in the media, and blames Senate for delay. The Central Intelligence Agency is firing back at allegations that it is responsible for delaying the release of the Senate report on the controversial post-9/11 interrogation program, insisting that lawmakers themselves are to blame.

** FBI impersonates repairmen to go after Las Vegas gambling ring! Like a scene out of a Hollywood thriller, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) cut internet service at a Las Vegas hotel to enable agents, posing as technicians, to enter villas and gather evidence against the illicit gambling ring.
"Think I'll hit the Craps Table after this mission is done."

**Is NSA chief the ultimate inside trader? At the same time that he was running the National Security Agency (NSA),  former National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander owned and sold shares in obscure commodities linked to China and Russia, two countries that the NSA was spying on heavily.


**The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has remained relatively low profile and doesn't attract the intrigue of the CIA nor the umbrage directed toward the National Security Agency (NSA). But, it's posed for primetime!

** The U.S. Coast Guard and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police teamed up in a program known as "Shiprider". It allows for joint law enforcement and security across the maritime border between Canada and the United States. The "Shiprider" program maintains vessels with jointly trained personnel patrolling the border, allowing cross-border surveillance and interdiction under the command and laws of the country of operation.

"Welcome aboard, eh?"
 
**The Treasury's Office of International Office of Intelligence and Analysis fights to bankrupt the Islamic State. "Like the wider military campaign to degrade and destroy the terrorist outfit, it will be a long, drawn-out affair", said the Treasury Department's David Cohen, who heads the unit that tracks terrorist financing. Given that the group is "the best-funded terrorist organization we have confronted," it also offers the United States plenty of opportunities to try to strike at its coffers.

Robert Morton, M.Ed., Ed.S. is a member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) and publishes the online spy series "Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean". His views are his own and do not represent those of any agency he is a member of. We welcome comments and suggestions- contact OSINT News on the Secure Contact Form.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

AIR FORCE INTELLIGENCE AGENCY HAPPENINGS- 10/30/14

 
**The National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) has chosen three companies for its nearly $1 billion, next generation support deal. NASIC, produces “predictive intelligence” for air, space and cyberspace for the Air Force, as well as policy makers and others in the Defense Department. It has a $350 million annual budget.

**Former AF ISR Agency now numbered Air Force As the Air Force's premier intelligence organization approaches its 66th Anniversary, it will mark the occasion under a new unit name and structure. The Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency is now the Twenty-Fifth Air Force, following its re-designation ceremony Sept. 29 in the headquarters Ardisana Courtyard on Security Hill.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

CIA HAPPENINGS- OCTOBER 29, 2014

**Various Senators, including the Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), have complained that the White House and the CIA are withholding “key facts” in the published version of the so-called "torture report". CIA says that isn't the case. 
 
**The CIA and other U.S. spy agencies recruited at least 1,000 former Nazis as spies and informants during the Cold War and went to great lengths to cover up that many of the former Nazis were living in the U.S., the New York.
 
**GOP pitching itself as a more suitable partner for CIA Director John Brennan and the National Security Agency than the Senate Democratic majority, which has sparred with them over data snooping and adherence to congressional oversight.

**Holy Twitter! When the CIA went on Twitter, within minutes it was the tweet heard round the world, reports CBS News correspondent Julianna Goldman. "We had 1,000 new followers joining us a minute around the world, and we were just watching this on the computers, just stunned." 

Robert Morton, M.Ed., Ed.S. is a member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) and publishes the online spy series "Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean". His views are his own and do not represent those of any agency he is a member of. We welcome comments and suggestions- contact OSINT News on the Secure Contact Form.

WILL MAJOR TERRORIST ATTACK HIT U.S.?

     I'm referring to terrorism conducted by radical Islam, not homegrown violence carried out by the KKK, white supremacists, anti-government groups, fascist extremists, Christian extremists, Black militancy, etc. Terrorism has been defined as "the systematic use or threatened use of violence to intimidate a population or government and thereby effect political, religious, or ideological change." 
     Please indicate if you feel a major terrorist attack will occur inside America within a year, and if you believe so, what type of attack will it be?

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DO YOU THINK TERRORISTS WILL ATTACK AMERICA WITHIN ONE YEAR FROM TODAY. IF "YES", WHAT METHOD(S) WILL THEY USE?
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